The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 22, 1894 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, August 22, 1894
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UPPER MS8 M01KE8! ALGOKA. IOWA, WflDSffiSPAY. AtTGUriE 22. uf fl&T 1, ' it- • \ CHAPTER ix.~-(Continued.) The letter was from her father. It said not a word about his own recent illness, and was otherwise so characteristic that it will be given entire. "My DEADEST DAUQIITKH: I am thankful you and Adolf 'went to the •Springs, beyond the atmosphere of this •cholera-smitten city. The doctors say Sfc is declining. I am in my usual •health, and my only anxiety is for you —-and Adolf. Of course, business is "dull, and I have abundant time to write this letter—the first I have ever liad occasion to write you. I have had ^rou with me alwaj-s. "Before you return, I wish you qui- wtly to find out all you can about the people at the Springs, without showing that you are anxious to know. ' "First—what is the full name of the proprietor and of all his family? "How long have they all lived at the Springs, and do they own the property? "How valuable is the property? Is the "hotel well patronized, and by what fcind of people? "la the proprietor and are his family members of good society? •'Last—and most important—What noted incident, or accident, or bereavement has.fallen upon any of the family in the last twelve or thirteen years? And if any find out all about it—names, dates, effect upon others—in short everything. •"By complying fully with my wish yon will oblige your old father very much, and possibly benefit yourself." JA pen had been drawn through the last four words to obliterate them, but Vrvette made them out.] Take your time, and do not return till I write for you. "-Refiiember me to Adolf, and believe inc, as ever, your loving father." "P. S.—Write when you can in the meantime." Here was food for thought. What could her father want with the history lie sought? She could not imagine; Tiut she resolved to obey his instructions •to the letter, and trust to her father's prudence and to time. She already had ;a, general knowledge of the Blake :family history, and for greater accuracy she put it into written mem- 'Orandum form, and determined to add -to it day by day as she acquired further ^particulars; and she jotted •-clown from, day to ? day every •item obtained from Mrs. Blake, :from her maid, Liza — always •ready to communicate—and from any other authentic sources. . In the early afternoon Adolf came in and proposed a drive. He was look- ino pale, and his little black eyes ishonc from their retirement in the depths of their sockets like diamonds [behind glass. "The doctor says I need air and sun- «hino; and a drive over the hills with ;you, my sauvcur, will renew my life— ;you will go?" "Certainly, Cousin Adolph, with •pleasure." They were soon out oyer the hills, -with only himself to drive. Vivette protested, but he declared himself i strong enough; and, in fact, he wanted :±o be alone with Vivette, As they drove gaily from the door through the evergreens and down past the stables, one colored hostler said to .another: "Looks like .he'd bin sick, Shady; '.tout he kin handle 'em. Isn't the lady Jisttoo piirty!" ". At the laundry old Winny was at the ««loor. Putting up her hand to shade Jier old eyes, she said to herself: "Uh! XJh!" [Nasal exclamation.] "Too •pm'ty for dem specticles!" ABOI.K!" Gentlemen ' on tho veranda had already expressed themselves; and the verdict as to Vivette's <( good looks" was unanimous, while gentleman had said; '"Twould |oy tt«vt cav-eyed. o^siB 1-9 Everywhere it appeared to" be US' sumed that— cousins or no cousins — Molier, at least, was up to his eyes in love. A mile from the hotel Adolf passed Sulphur creek, and stopped the carriage to admire a diminutive cascade which poured out of a cedar-crowned limestone cliff, and dashed itself to spray on the rocks below. At the base of the cliff, under a little spurting stream, some ingenious boy had fixed a mimic water mill which lifted and dropped by turns, a small hammer on the bottom of au old tin pan. Thump, thump, thump, all day and all night long, the busy hammer struck the tin tambour with rhythmic blows. "So beat my heart when the cholera fell upou inc," said Adolf. ' Not quite so loud, cousin," replied Vivette. "I am afraid, my dear Vivette, you left all poetic sentiment behind you when you came to the Springs? Now my heart is beating again;will you not minister to it as willingly and successfully as before?" "Why, cousin Adolf! You are not pale now, but blushing red! What can I do for you?" said Vivette, with a questionable smile. "I can bear this suspense no longer," passionately declared Adolf. "Say you will be mine, Vivette, and end it now." "I can not say it." D "You mean you will not?" n "I feel, cousin Adolf, that an honest candor is best for both of us; and, while it troubles me to tell you so — you can never be my husband, Adolf — never!" His countenance fell in sheer despair. He felt that these words would never be recalled. And, assuming a self- control which he had not, he said in reply: "That is straightforward at least; and I ought to thank you. But you should have left me to die of cholera. But I too am a Molier, and henceforth my lips are sealed. We will be cousins if we never can be more." Then, cracking his whip, he drove off down the valley, over the stony road by the bridge, and round the tobacco fields back to the hotel, Not a word was spoken bv either on the way. "Uh, uh!" said old Winny, as they passed the laundry, "he's done got shucked, he is!" The hostlers looked at ench other as Molier drove rapidly by, and, through the evergreens, up to the hotel door; and one said: "De gal's shucked him, shoa!" Gentlemen on the veranda looked insignificantly at each other, meaning much, but saying nothing. Molier's tell-tale face betrayed him almost as plamty as words. On the next day after Adolf Molier had heard his fate with certainty, he began to think of bringing his stay at the Springs to an end; and, going into Dr. Goforth's office, was received with unexpected courtesy. On asking for his bill, Dr. Goforth urged him to be seated, saying that it would be unsafe for Molier to attempt a journey without a few more days' rest. Molier was in a humor to accept the doctor's invitation, and soon found that, under a rough exterior, Dr. Goforth was really a warm-hearted gentleman. "You thought me pretty crusty," he said to Molier; "but you had the universal panic, and it was necessary to get rid of that first of all." " "But doctor," replied Adolf with a smile, "do you talk to all your patients that way?" "Oh, no, I treat each according to his temperament. I saw you were a gentleman and sensitive to insult; and I knew you would die if-I did not drive off your panic. No man is big enough to hold two conflicting passions at once, so I roused your indignation, and let your sense of insult drive out panic — you understand?" "Certainly, doctor, I do now." "You are of the New Orleans Moliers, I think?" said tho doctor, interrogatively. "Yes; do you know them?" "I know of them. They stand 'A No. 1.' But how unfortunate they should generally be small. Now that doesn't hurt a woman, but it is bad for a man." "What- is that, doctor? I have not thought of it." "Because a little man never gets credit for half ho really is, and a largo man gets credit for much more than he is, in most instances. And, phrenology or no phrenology, there's something in the influence of magnitude, and people feel it without knowing why." "I guess that's so, doctor," said by. this uwttei- of siie as an mdieatiot of superiority than men. Curious, isn't it?' "By Jove, that's so. doctor; 1 know it." He thought of the stalwart arms which pitched him out of the window and afterward pulled him out of the river. I).t. Goforth saw instantly that he had touched a tender spot, and sought to change the drift of conversation. "You were prejudiced ngainst calomel?" he asked. "I was, doctor. I am riot now." "I should think not! It brought you right up, soon as a little stuck." Then the doctor dilated upon "the great remedy" for awhile, and both gentlemen drifted into general conversation, until Adolf left for supper, surprised and pleased with the doctor who had cured him by substituting un- gei' for fear. After supper, Adolf was sitting in his room alone with his thoughts and his cigar, when Mr. Sam Blake, the acting host of the hotel, made him a call. After congratulations on Molier's recovery and general conversation, Blake said to Adolf: t»"Thcrc is a gentleman of your name at Cincinnati, I think?" "Yes; my father's brother.' 1 "Lives — or did live many years ago — on Market street?" "Yes; Lower Market. He lives there still." "Have you seen much of him?" "Not until recently. 1 have spent some months at his house before coming here." "Ever hear him speak of an idiot boy named .loc? 1 ' "Joe Gust?'" "lie lived with a man named Gust." "I rather think I have heard of him. He is no idiot now, by a good deal. Got struck by lightning, and so came to himself again." "You don't tell me so! Lightning?" "Electricity — all the same. Was at the big show, the 'Infernal Regions, 1 touched the bars and got shocked so badly he regained his senses." "And his memory?" inquired Blake, with much and manifest earnestness. "Not wholly, as I am informed, Could not remember his name, except 'Little Joe,' and couldn't tell the names of his kindred, nor where they lived." "What became of him?" "Gust, the jrentleman who took care of the boy, adopted him as his son, educated him. and he is now a lawyer and a fine-looking man. Strange, isn't it?" "Have you heard from your uncle — has he escaped cholera?" "Yes; he says in a letter that he is in usual health. Do you know anything of the boy — now a man?" "Nothing at all," replied Blake. "I once heard of him while in Cincinnati." "He thinks himself a Kentuckian, and is rather proud of it. " "How does lie come to think that — do you know?" "My uncle thinks it is guess work. But he is a man of spirit, and tloes no discredit to the claim." Blake feigned indifference and soon left. On the next afternoon, old Tom Blake fell down paralyzed. From the hips down, nil sensation was gone; and Dr. Goforth found other very grave symptoms, and advised the old man to make final arrangement of his affairs for the last journey. "Doctor," said lUake, deliberately and firmly; "my will has been made for years, and 1 see no reason for altering "it." "Where is it, father?" inquired* Sam, who had just come in. "It is in safe hands, Sam; you and Myra arc left in joint possession of everything until—" "Until what, father?" "Never mind. 1 I shall make no change." "Let him rest, Sum," said the doctor. "The less he is worried the more prospect that he may revive and temporarily recover." Sam Blake went out moodily, and the old man asked for Myra. When Mrs. Blake came in she was crying. The old man took her hand kindly in his own, and said: "You have been a true woman, Myra; and poor Jeff knew better than I. Where's the paper I gave you to keep?" She drew an envelope from her bosom and gave it to him with the seal unbroken, "Open it," said the dying man; "quick! I am going fast." She broke the seal and by his instruction read: "Memorandum from Joe's medal; 'Little Joe: June 20, 1813.' [Signed] "JosKi'ii GUST." The old man could barely say: "Go to Cincinnati yourself; find Joe — " when the paralysis stopped his speech, and an hour later, his life, Old Tom Blake was buried with duo ceremony and little sorrow, except upon the part of Mrs. Blake, and some of the slaves, to whom he had bpen, on the whole, not an unkind master. The will was found in the keeping of a friend of the old man — Judge Wai- pole; was duly proven and no contest made. (•ro BK "Of cpurso it's so. YOU yourself. never get' half the credit you are en- Jo as a, paw, 9* education, ajnd. ability. Uuole Jo»lj Defeated. Lawyer — Well, my young friend, your Uncle Josh determined that you should be a farmer, or get nothing from him. .Ho didaiot .leave you a cent of money., but he willed you his plow, cultivator, wowing machine, thrasher, portable sawmill, btoueoru&her, road- scraper a'ud stump-puller. Young Scribbler— AU right, Til &ell them. Lawyer — Ho has provided against that. You cannot bell, or even rent them, You use them yourself, Young Scribbler— Very w»U, J .g old, EEADEft AND PBdi?Esst)« OP cot** NELL UNIVERSITY. frrofc Tnitle •»•*• a Matt t>t Mftftf •Scholarly Attainment* tttid tVott Golden Honors in the hetitm of Modern Literature. HE LATE P.ilOF. Herbert Tuttle of Cornell university, who died recently in a general breakdown in the nature of paresis, at Blng- hampton, N. Y. ( was a widely known scholar and historian. He was born Nov. 30, 1340, at Bennington, Vi He was graduated from the University of Vermont in 180!). Ho followed journalism as a profession from the time of his graduation until 1880, spending a considerable portion of that period as correspondent of the London Daily News and New York papers at Berlin. He became lecturer on international law at the University of Michigan in 1880, and on the same subject and political science at Cornell university in 1881—President White, then minister to Germany, having mot him in Berlin, and become greatly impressed with his ability, securing his services, for Cornell. He became associate professor of history and theory of politics and of international Jaw in 1S83, professor of the history of political and municipal institutions and of international law in 1887, and of modern European his- TJIE J,ATE PROF. HKKBK11T TUTTLK. tory in 1891, which chair he continued to hold until his death. Ho was the author of the "History of Prussia to the Accession of Frederick the Great," in two volumes. A writer in Harpers says that they are standard authorities on the subjects of which they treat, and were to have been continued. He published several other valuable works, and was a contributor to tho leading periodicals. Ho was one of the ablest scholars and lecturers over at Cornell. As a lecturer he at once commanded the attention of his hearers by his comprehensive treatment of the subject under consideration, and by his conciseness and clearness of statement. He was highly respected and admired by his colleagues and students. Ho was a member of the New York Delta Psi college fraternity at his alma mater, and also of Phi Beta Kappa. Jews UH Chessplayers. In speaking of the great number of successful chessplayers of the Jewish race, and of tho contest between the two Jews, Lasker and SteinitK, for the chess championship of the world, the Jewish Chronicle dwells upon certain traits which are prominent in the Jewish character, It maintains that the Jews are the best chessplayers because of their possession of mental qualities which have always been useful to the race, such, for example, as quickness of apprehension, tenacity of purpose, readiness in the application of resources, the power of estimating probabilities and an intuition which enables them to seize the opportune moment for developing action. These traits of mind have boon marked ill all of the Jews who have won fame and fortune in the playing of chess. Hus Declined Clmrlty. Airs. Philip Sheridan is said to be almost the only widow of a great war chief who has absolutely declined purses, funds and any such testimonial after his death, and to have abso- SIKS. SHERIDAN'S DAUGHTERS. lutely opposed all offers from military societies and others who wished to erect his monument. Slie said she wished no other provision than Gen, Sheridan had himself made for his family, and that the erection , o'f his tombstone was too precious a duty to bo assigned to any one else. The m,pst formidable check; tp the increase jn tropical regins of serpents an(J veno ajjpe of fee »nt|h f WO BASK NUMBERS. "Sttta" Dorsey sad ti-snf-f U. Nd* unknown Political!^ Or* New York seems to be the haven of the political back number. In an afternoon stroll down Bread way and through Wall street one Is sure to meet a dozen ttteii Who were once powerful in state and national politics, but who, for one reason or' another, have fallen by the way and are how seldom heard of outside a limited circle of friends and business associates. It was in Wall street that 1 ran across ex-Senator Dorsey of Arkansas, the other day, much grayer than when he managed the famous Garfield campaign, but still as erect, wide- awake and vigorous a& of old. What a career Dorsey has had! fie has | made and lost three fortunes, and is now, I am told, in a fair- way to win a fourth. Dorsey was born in "Vermont nnd reared on an Ohio farm. During the war he served as a private in the army of the Potomac. After the war he turned up in Arkansas, and by reason of great natural shrewdness and a resolute character soon became the leader of the band of carpet baggers who then overran that state-. He was made chairman of the republican state committee, secured a fortune as president of the Arkansas Central railroad, whose- bonds he had indorsed by the state legislature, and in 1873. was elected United States senator. In 1880 he was chairman of the republican national committee, and the story of how ho managed the campaign resulting in Garficld's election is u familiar one. He was then one of idols of his party. la 1881 came the star route exposure, and with- it Dorsey's political downfall. Since then he has been engaged in cattle raising in the west, but in this field disaster has twice overtaken him, The Star route trials cost him a fortune. Ho is now making another as a promoter of New Mexico mining properties. If Dorsey would tell all he knows about the formation of Garfield's cabinet and its effect on his own political fortunes the story would make most interesting reading and would give several gentlemen still prominent in politics a very bad quarter of an hour. Henry G. Davis, who- was Dorsey's. associate in the senate, now has an office in one of tho big buildings on lower Broadway. He still claims West Virginia as his home, but spends the- greater part of his time in New York. Since ho began life as a brakeman on the Baltimore & Ohio road, Davis has played many parts, and played them well. Ho has been president of a bank, member of both branches of the West Virginia legislature, director in half a dozen railroads and' United Senator fOr six years. His interests in West Virginia are vast and varied, and ho is several times a millionaire, Stephen B. Elkins married his daughter and is associated with him in many of his adventures. Davis long dominated the politics of West Virginia, but in the end was pushed aside by » younger men nnd is now counted among the back numbers. Death of an Old Conductor. John B. Adams, who died in Springfield, Mass., recently, was conductor of the first train from Springfield to Albany, in 1841, and had many interesting experiences during his long service. He escorted Kossuth in 185], ^SW^^SfcT *,!•• and in 1800 had charge of the special train with the Prince of Wales aboard. When Henry Clay was one of his passengers, JOHN. it. AD-AMS. in .1840, there were no smoking cars, but Mr. Adorns allowed the Kentucky statesman to smoke, a favor which was remembered, and a cordial letter from Clay was treasured by Mr. Adams till his death. lie retired'in 1873. An Extraordinary Woman. Miss Alice King, the blind novelist, who-died recently in England, must have been a woman of extraordinary perseverence. She was born with defective vision, and became totally blind at the age of seven. Nevertheless, her education went on under her mother's guidance, and she acquired by ear seven languages. She learned to use a typewriter, with which she wrote her manuscripts, which were afterward read to her by her sister. Most of the proceeds of her literary work were devoted to benevolences. Hie Legion of Honor, The appointment by the French government of Mr. James Stokes of New York as a knight of the Region of Honor of France, is pleasing to his friends in that city. Mr- Stokes has always given liberally to the various branches of the Young .Men's Christian association, and it was owing to his donation tp the Y. M. C. A. of Paris that the government honored him. It is said that Mr, Stokes and his family gave more than four hundred thousand francs to this cause in Paris alone. Some Tuenpluu Statistics. Here is an interesting little group of statistics: Sarah Bernhardt was born in Paris in 1841; Marie Burroughs, Sap Francisco, 1WJO; Rose Coghlan, England, ?853; Georgia Oayvan, Maine, 1868;'Sadie Martinet, Yonlwrs, N. Y., 1857; Hrs-'ifendal, EnglawU, 18,40; Ada Re,han, Jajnerick, Ireland, about 18SO; -' je. - J\he"ft Belgium, 1833; Ellen Terry ,.... ,. n'.h. ^(jgijng, Pftttii " •, Detroit, On .Towel* till Her Uartftr. the proinisS of Seeing .. new, if not starlling. It jMtnied ah acquaintance to moot incoming steamer from fiurdpe. acquaintance had informed me that his COUsin #as bringing ovet", of veiry great Value, and 1 exj that considerable trouble would consumed In examining and apt)Pall-»,f| ing the articles. The "dousln" w&§ " an attractive yotftigr lady afad ldolted"<? rosy and healthy as she tripped do" <Vtt\ tho long plank. , She bad ft delight* . f.ul Voyage, etc., and had beett gtfdd' enough to orine; only two trunks.. * These were found, dtt inspector ftiada' 1 & hasty examination of the contents, saw that they were only ordinary ; wearing apparel, chalked the backs, and we started off, We wettt uptdwtt \ and made for a good restaurant. Tha • interesting small talk of traveler^'" filled the time until we three were seated at a table and tlto order given, for luncheon. The lady sat next to the wall. I suppose everything is all right, Julie?" asked my friend. "Yes, indeed," she replied, smiling triumphantly. "I promised to show this gohtld* man something," ho said. "There's no danger that anybody will catch on, so If you've no objection—" Ho paused. She blushed furiously . and replied: "Woll, I don't know I that I care, but it's unusual." Then she reached down, toward the (loor on the side next tho wall f and. of course I didn't know exactly Whafe,^ she did, but when her hand, appeared as;ain it was closed over- something. < Sho held it to ward me, saying: "Open both bands and be careful." I did as &he told me, and she laid upon my palms a garter that fairly blazed with diamonds. I took one look and whispered, "Smuggled?" She- nodv ded vigorously, while her-companion smiled approval and remarked: »'I shall keep that interesting piece Of ribbon. It saves mo several thousand dollars in duties." "There's another like It," said the fair cousin. "But I guess I won't take that off." The other of course, was on tho side not next to the wall. '•'You have to get a cab now for your curiosity," she added, "for that article was worn for use as well as profit, and if I walk—well it might 'come down, and that wouldn't' be pleasant." After lunch tho happy smugglers went away in a cab. Five Foollsli Folks. "As soon as my trade ploks up a bit," Said tho morchunt. looking wise— "As soon as my trade picks up a bit, I am going to advertise." ' 'As soon as my vessel reaches port," Said the skipper with a wail— "As soon as my vessel reaches port, 1 am going to sot my sail." "As soon us my Held of grain is grown," Said tho farmer, sore In need— > "As soon as my Held of grain is grown, I am going to sow the seed." "As soon as the man is well and stron7," Said the doctor drawing olosa— ' "As.soon aa the man is well and stronj, I will give him a curing dose." "As soon as I know my soul is saved," Was the preacher's observation— \ "As soon a^ I'm sure uiy soul la saved, I'll pray for its salvation." • •' — Bra'.aa. ' Iluffulo'B Dotunlo Garden. The board of park commissioners, of the city of Buffalo recently decided to establish a botanic garden, and about 150 acres have been set aside for this purpose on tho slope of a beautiful elevation at the southern boundary of the city, known aa Limestone Kidgo. The main drive" way through the site is partially constructed and some grading has been done, Excavations have also been, made for a series of lakes and a conduit is being laid to Cazenovia oreek two and a half miles away. A few groups of natural forest trees on tho ground will be preserved, but no planting has yet been clone. Remarkable if True. "The strangest things happen' sometimes," "That is true; but what leads you to make the remark!" 1 '•Just this. 1 was passing a house yesterday and two ladies came to tho door; and, although you may find it hard to believe, it is nevertheless a fact—they, said good-by to each other just once and parted, oue going down the street and the other re-entering the house," "Said good-by just onoe?" "Just once." "Well, I'd advise you not to teU that story anywhere if you don't want your voracity suspected." Mo Danger of That. "Do you think, doctor," Cholly Thistle top, anxiously, symptoms indicate softening of bwain?" "No, not at all, sir," answered physician, decidedly, >?N ( ot at a,U* There is no indication of brain 4ift» order. The trouble lies at the upper end of the spinal cord. Let your tongue." Medlo»no lu France, Statistics prepared for the committee of 1894 show that the tal number of students of in France on January I, 1898. war 6,470. Of these 8,634 w terefl in the Paris faculty in the various provincial In Pouut Al>out It, Mrs. Figff—Tommy, y yw ^ be a -potter boy you will 8.9Ygp p^;4£F he»veiv Tauiaiy,—A«ij }{ I be'pflara good, tttid go Were will I seep an beij}' good after J A «ia,wsev«yi-j

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